Central University


Preparing To Teach Online

The distance educator is challenged by the need to create a positive connections with learners. A quick review of distance education literature highlights the importance of communication in the teaching and learning process. CU's  training focus will be to assist new teachers to establish essential strategies for success.




Instructor Mentoring

New online instructor often have an assortment of feelings when he or she starts their first online class. They are excited about teaching online and participating in a new instructional role that is filled with diverse educational challenges for professional growth. Yet, the new teacher can have fears about failing that need to be addressed prior to the start of their online class. The teachers’ fears are about venturing into the unknown educational areas that they have little or no knowledge about. It is important that teachers are given opportunities to become familiar with the basic elements of their online course work such as how to communicate using e-mail, strengths and weaknesses of the course software, and key people to contact for technology expertise.

CU will provide an optional training period for new instructors...

CU will provide an optional training period for new instructors to help you  learn in an actual online environment. Also, it helps distance education schools offer information on their policies. Instructors have access to our organizational practices and educational philosophy through our wiki spaces page. Instructors are also advised to interact with each other for best practices .

At CU we have two weeks of preparation time to work with mentors prior to the start of the class. It is a time where the mentor can provide feedback on their lectures, syllabus and personal biography. The pre-course activities enable new teachers to have their curriculum plans and materials prepared for their first class. The mentorship process provides  diverse opportunities for new teachers to reflect on their instructional plans and strategies. Mentorship programs should offer new faculty members:
  • a structured process that has clear goals
  • a nurturing and supportive climate
  • offer professional insights and reflective dialog

A CU faculty member should consider using seven key elements in their syllabus:

  1. Course description and overview of subjects covered during the class
  2. Teacher’ biographical sketch that highlights both professional and personal experiences
  3. Teacher contact information (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers)
  4. Assignment schedule for each week of the course (papers, readings, etc.)
  5. Review of university/class policies for attendance, grading, participation, late assignments, tests and specific details on academic honesty.
  6. Request for student biographical sketches to be e-mailed to a class online newsgroup
  7. Discuss frequently asked questions about assignments and computer problems.

Are You Ready To Be An Online Teacher?

When one thinks of online teaching, one may envision an impersonal means of communicating and teaching students where there can be no possible connection with students. Though there is an obvious impersonal component to online teaching, there are ways to fully connect with students. In order to be an effective online teacher, one must try to make that connection with the student despite the impersonal nature of online education. Also one needs to be familiar with basic web technologies such as e-mail, message boards, chat rooms, and web cams.

Here is a questionnaire that determines if you are ready to be an online teacher.


Steps In Becoming An Online an CU Instructor

Tools Needed To Become An Online Instructor

 Consider the following

  • You should have a computer that is at least a Pentium III with at least 64 MB of RAM
  • You are comfortable with your basic PC skills
  • You should be able to create and manipulate documents (formatting, copying, pasting, attaching and retrieving them)?
  • You have a desire to learn new software applications
  • You should have taken an online course

What Are The Steps In Becoming an Instructor (Non-Degree Granting)

What Are The Steps In Becoming An Academic Instructor (Degree Granting)

Creating Your Online Course

Instructors can easily create a course page from our wiki site.

or use the following:

RCampus: This is a free web based user friendly learning management system.

WizIQ: This free web based system is very interactive and is based in India.

Consider Using These Functions

A link to your free message board. Here are some free free message board sources

  1. Board Host
  2. Pro Boards
  3. Forums Free
A link to your chat area. Here are some free free chat sources

  1. Everywhere Chat
  2. Free Chat Code
  3. Chat Files

** Instructors are welcomed to contact us if they have any set up problems.

** Here is a sample course page that is currently under construction.


Course Fees & Getting Paid



All Instructors must set their fee structures in accordance with Central University (CU).

Courses can be used to build skills or earn degrees

Do you just want to learn something new or build or improve skills? Well look no further. Courses can also be used to earn degrees. 

Course Fees

Degree Learners must take courses with instructors who hold at least a Masters Degree to  earn an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters. Learners are charged a per unit rate. 

How Instructors Are Paid

All instructors are considered Independent Contractors to CU and will paid per student minus twenty percent of total fees per course. 

An Example Of How Instructors Are Paid. Bachelors and Masters Degree Fees Have Not Been Set

$3.00 ($1.00 per unit, 3 units x 20% that goes back to CU (.20)= $.60 . $3- $.60= $2.40 is what the instructor is paid.

Instructors will be sent a Paypal button to use for learner payments.

Masters Degree: $6.00 ($2.00 per unit, 3 units) x 20% that goes back to CU (.20)= $1.20. $6.00- $1.20= $4.80 is what the instructor is paid per student.

Instructors will be sent a Paypal button to use for learner payments. 

Payment Process and Enrollment

After learners choose courses, an e-mail will be sent explaining policies, procedures and payment method. Learners will pay for courses through Paypal.

Instructors will be paid after a final grade is posted for courses. Checks will be mailed within a week a final grade is posted.